Declan at 14 Months

It’s hard to believe it’s been so long since our last update. Since then we have traveled from Australia to Hawaii, to Austin, to Dallas, to Hong Kong, to Singapore, and two cities in New Zealand.We got married (again) and it was magical. Stella started Montessori school, we said hello to new beautiful cousins, baby Chas, baby Amelie and baby Grace. Declan had his first ER visit. And we celebrated his first birthday!

Birthday Boy!


Off to smile at his fellow patients

Off to smile at his fellow patients


Family selfie fail in New Zealand

Family selfie fail in New Zealand

But this post is dedicated to my newly minted 14 month old. I want to capture this time in his life in words because everything happens and passes so quickly. He learns multiple new things a day. Soon he’ll have mastered many of these skills and be on to the next phase. Slow down baby!


Here’s a glimpse into the life of 14 month old Declan:

Walks everywhere, starting to run. Most especially not in the direction you’d prefer.

Great eater but is definitely becoming picky. We’re working on not tossing the unwanted food onto the floor.

Obsessed with Stella’s scooter and climbs up on it with perfect balance. Suddenly Stella’s interested in her scooter again.

Loves dogs. Like, LOVES them. Becomes super animated and babbles nonstop when he sees one.  Too bad daddy is anti-pets (for now…).

Speaking of babbling, this kid is actually talking. Mama, Dada, Car, Cow, Hi, Again, Oma, Dog, Book, Bus, Peek-a-boo and go-go. The last phrase he says as he’s climbing into the stroller or walking to the door with his shoes in hand asking to “go-go?” And, my favourite, he throws his hands over his eyes and says, “kee-koo-ba” and breaks out in a full grin!

Climbing. It’s impressive to watch how he wriggles his little body up a seemingly impossible height.  Let’s hope he keeps the climbing sessions to places other than his crib.

Still takes two sleeps a day and sleeps all night. After months of being such a rotten sleeper he’s actually turned into quite the little sleep lover. By this age we were beginning to transition Stella to one nap but I don’t see that happening for him anytime soon.

9 teeth. We’re in the super fun molar phase right now. It lasts years.

Potty training, whaaaat? Just like big sis, Declan’s showing early signs of potty training. He actually brought me a clean diaper when he needed a change last week. It would be amazing if he was as easy to potty train as Stella. But I know boys are harder to train so I’m keeping my expectations in check.

Loves big sister. And she fits the big sister bill exactly. Bossy. Spends her days alternating between trying to hug him and push him down, getting a toy for him and then taking it away, and did I mention bossy? But, for the most part, Declan adores her. Right up until she wants her scooter back.

Charm. Always smiling, always laughing. But, I already see glimpses of the tantrums to come. Right now it’s cute but soon it won’t be. This ain’t my first rodeo, y’all.

For now and always, he’ll have this smile to get him in and out of trouble…

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Stella Turns 3!

A lot can happen in two weeks. Sorry for the dearth of blog posts. I’ve been a bit derailed by life. More on that later. First, the fun stuff.

My first baby turned 3 years old last week! She is such a big girl now. She is so tall and SO smart. We had our first visit with our homeopath, Debbie, last week. Miss Debbie is pretty amazing. She has practiced homeopathy for 15 years but is also a R.N., having studied at a top school in London and is even a certified Montessori teacher! I pretty much love her and Stella does, too (Phill, of course, still has one eyebrow raised, but he’s coming around). She told us Stella was very advanced for her age, especially with her language expression and comprehension, and that Stella should immediately be enrolled in a dance class as she has the charm and personality fit for the stage. My poppa saw this from the minute he met her because he nicknamed her, “Tilly the Entertainer.” Pop, you were spot on!!

The morning of Stella’s birthday, she was surprised with a massive pile of prezzies and cards from family and friends.

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Princess Stella

Princess Stella

She got some amazing gifts. She is very into princess things, as you can see. And Peppa Pig. And she got her first bike! A princess bike, naturally.

After prezzies, it was off to her birthday brekkie!

Sassafrass and Budga

Sassafrass and Budga

Just too cool.

Just too cool.

We went to one our favorite spots, Hemingways with our nanny Diana (she’s amazing) and our friends Jill, Natalie and Nate. Stella had her birthday babycino and gluten-free toast with jam. She spreads the jam on all by herself!

After brekkie, we happened upon some face painting in the Corso.


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Afterwards, Stella, Diana and Budga made beautiful mosaic princess crowns. If Budga were writing this part, she would want you to know Stella was of no help at all and that she and Diana were tasked with the job. Hired help! 🙂 Just kidding, Budg.


Thanks Jerretta for the awesome bday prezzie!

Thanks Jerretta for the awesome bday prezzie!


Meanwhile, this dude was busy pulling up on EVERYTHING.


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Anyway, back to the birthday girl.


The next day was Saturday and we had a low-key (versus years past) birthday party at our place.


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We had over Stella’s friends Nate, Natalie, Mila, Kaden & Scarlett. It was our first official party at our place! And, in keeping with true Aussie barbie style, we made sure to serve sausages (Aussie speak: snags) and grilled onions.


I’m so glad Stella had an amazing birthday. When we realized we would be here in Oz for Stella’s 3rd birthday, I worried it wouldn’t be any kind of affair. Not that it needed to be, but, you know… I wanted to have a celebration. Wanted her to feel the love and experience the joy in a gathering of people there to celebrate HER. Thank you, Maureen, Buntings, Coviches and Swilleys for making our girl feel like a real birthday princess.